PyeongChang 2018

PyeongChang 2018

The XXIII Olympic Winter Games will be held for 17 days from 9 to 25 February 2018 in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea.

It will be the first time Korea has hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 30 years after the Seoul Games in 1988.

The vision for the 2018 Games is New Horizons, with the slogan 'Passion.Connected' - refering to a world in which everyone is connected with shared passion for winter sports, a world open to any generation anywhere, anytime, to open new horizons in the continued growth of winter sports.


There will be two central venue clusters in PyeongChang: the Gangneung Coastal Cluster (Speed Skating, Figure Skating, Short Track Speed Skating, Ice Hockey & Curling) and the PyeongChang Alpensia Cluster (Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Skeleton & Luge). Some Alpine events will also take place at Jeongseon Jungbong, while Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard will be hosted at Bokwang Phoenix Park.

PyeongChang venue map

Construction is well underway on majority of the sites for PyeongChang. Including the Alpensia Biathlon Centre, Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre, Gangneung Curling Centre and Bokwang Snow Park (images clockwise).

PyeongChang venue map


Test Events

There are 29 sporting events taking place in the same competition venues which will be used during the 2018 Games.

The PyeongChang test events will be a unique opportunity for athletes and officials to familiarise themselves with the competition venues and the host region. In total, 3000 athletes are expected to participate in the test events – many of them coming to Korea for the first time – as well as 1,000 volunteers.



The test events kicked off in early February 2016, with the FIS Ski World Cup held at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre. A 3D video of the Jeongseon Alpine Centre can be viewed HERE.

The 2016 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup, Ski Cross World Cup, and Snowboard FIS World Cup saw athletes test out the Bokwang Snow Park in February 2016.


Check out a 3D video of the park HERE.


The Big Air test event saw athletes converge at the Alpensia Ski Jumping centre on the 25th and 26th of November, 2016. Big Air has been added as a new event to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.



The Short Track Speed Skating test event will take place on the 16-18 December 2016 for the ISU World Cup Short Track 2016. Athletes will compete in the 500m, 1000m, 1500m events, as well as the 3000m women’s relay and 5000m men’s relay at the Gangneung Ice Arena.


2017 will be a jam-packed year of test events in the year leading up to PyeongChang 2018:





January 16-17

Alpine FEC & President Cup 2017

Giant Slalom, Slalom

Yongpyong Alpine Centre

February 3-5

FIS Cross-Country World Cup

Sprint, Skiathlon, Team Sprint

Alpensia Cross-Country Centre

February 4-5

2017 FIS Nordic Combined World Cup

Large Hill, Normal Hill

Alpensia Cross-Country Centre

February 8-14

International Luge Federation 1st International Training Week

ll events, except team relay

Alpensia Sliding Centre

February 9-12

ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating

All events

Gangneung Oval

February 10-18

FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup 2016/17

Aerials, Moguls, Ski Halfpipe

Bokwang Snow Park

February 12-19

FIS Snowboard World Cup 2016/17

Parallel Giant Slalom, Halfpipe

Bokwang Snow Park

February 15-16

2017 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup

Normal Hill(Women), Large Hill(Men)

Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre

February 16-19

ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2017

Men/Ladies Single, Pairs, Ice Dance

Gangneung Ice Arena

February 16-26

World Junior Curling Championships 2017

Men's, Women's

Gangneung Curling Centre

February 17-19

Viessmann Luge World Cup & Viessmann Team Relay World Cup

All events

Alpensia Sliding Centre

March 2-5

IBU World Cup Biathlon 2017

Sprint, Pursuit, Relay

Alpensia Biathlon Centre

March 2-12

International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) 1st Training Period

All events

Alpensia Sliding Centre

March 4-5

FIS Ski World Cup 2017

Downhill, Super-G

Jeongseon Alpine Centre

March 17-19

 IBSF World Cup Bob & Skeleton PyeongChang

All events

Alpensia Sliding Centre

April 2-8

2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Div.Ⅱ Group A

Ice Hockey

Gangneung Hockey Centre, Kwandong Hockey Centre


New Events

Big Air
Snowboard is the latest snow discipline added to the Olympic Winter Games and is well known for its dynamic, youthful and entertaining features. Ten snowboard events will be featured in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games – men and ladies’ parallel giant slalom, halfpipe, big air, slopestyle and snowboard cross.

Big Air is the most recent addition to the snowboard programme. In Big Air, a competitor snowboards down the slope and performs a series of tricks after launching off massive jumps.

Competitors perform complex tricks such as frontside 1080, backside 1440 and double corks in the air, aiming to attain sizable height and distance as well, all the while looking to secure a clean landing. Many competitions including the Olympic Games also require a rider to do a specific and special trick to win.

National Team event in Alpine Skiing


This race will be conducted as a parallel event to the other alpine disciplines, where Giant Slalom gates and flags will be used.

A team (nation) consists of four competitors (two male and two female). And 16 teams will compete by way of an elimination tournament.

Mass start in Speed Skating

For the speed skating mass start, 28 skaters race for 16 laps in open racing track. During the race, there are three intermediate sprints every 4 laps. At each intermediate sprint, the first three skaters will gain 5 – 3- 1 points. Then, at the last sprint, the first three skaters will gain 60 – 40 – 2- points. The competitors who are the first three to cross the finish line win the race.


Mixed doubled curling

Unlike in the mens or womens curling where teams of four receive 38 minutes of strategy time and each game is scheduled for 10 ends, in mixed doubles teams will be composed of two players – one male and one female.

Each game is scheduled for eight ends and each team receives 22 minute of strategy time. Each team shall deliver five stones per end, and the player delivering the team’s first stone of the end must also deliver the team’s last stone of that end. Prior to the start of every end, two stones shall place at the playing end of the sheet (center guard and back button).

Australia’s participation in the Winter Games
Australia has been represented at all but four Winter Games in the modern era since 1924, winning a total of 12 Olympic Winter medals.


Australia has won a medal at every Winter Olympic Games since 1994 and will be looking to uphold this tradition in Korea.

Australia will be looking to qualify a team of 50-60 athletes across 11 sports.

At the Sochi 2014 Games, Australia won three medals. Torah Bright won silver in the snowboard halfpipe, and closing ceremony flag bearer David Morris won silver in aerials freestyle skiing. Four-time Olympian Lydia Lassila won bronze in the aerials freestyle skiing event.


The most recent Australian gold medals were won at the Vancouver 2010 Games. Opening ceremony flag bearer Torah Bright won gold in snowboard halfpipe, and Closing Ceremony flag bearer Lydia Lassila won gold in the aerials freestyle skiing event.


Olympic Bid

The South Korean city of PyeongChang swept the opening round of voting at the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa.  Needing a 50 per cent majority plus one, PyeongChang amassed an impressive 63 votes in just the first round of voting. This meant that no further rounds of voting were required; PyeongChang would host the XXIII Olympic Winter Games.

(L-R) Olympic skier and Korean adoptee Toby Dawson of the United States, South Korea's president Lee Myung Bak, bid chairman Yang Ho Cho, Olympic figure skating champion Yuna Kim, Korean Olympic Committee President Yong Sung Park and Director of Communications Theresa Rah celebrate as PyeongChang is choosen as the host city for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games during the 123rd IOC session on July 6, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. The annual general meeting of the members of the International Olympic Committee held in Durban choose the host city from three candidate cities, Munich, Annecy and PyeongChang.South Koreans celebrate being selected as 2018 Winter Olympic host city at Alpensia Resort on July 7, 2011 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Pyeongchang finally won the Winter Olympic host race after being beaten by Vancouver for 2010 and Sochi for 2014.

Gallery | Sapporo 2017 Asian Winter Games

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At London 2012 Australia won 7 gold medals, 16 silver and 12 bronze, a total of 35 medals.